At the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Del Valle Park's Veterans Memorial Plaza, Mayor Ron Piazza announced a new Lakewood project to honor veterans by sharing their stories digitally for generations to come.
Last year, when the city renovated and expanded Veterans Memorial Plaza, commemorative bricks were laid around the memorial so that veterans with a connection to Lakewood could be honored and remembered.
Now, to accompany the bricks and the memorial, the city is initiating an online Veterans History Project for those veterans and active-duty military service members whose names appear on the commemorative bricks, or who otherwise have a Lakewood connection.
"This Veterans History Project--just like the memorial and commemorative bricks—will help Lakewood maintain our community value of remembering and honoring all those who have put their lives on the line in service to our country," said Piazza.
"On this website, which you’ll be able to access from a computer or even from a smartphone while you’re at the memorial, the stories of our veterans will be told--and read--for generations to come,” said Piazza.
The public is invited to complete a short form with details about their veteran's service and submit a picture. A website entry will then be created for each veteran's story so visitors to the memorial can learn about the veterans honored there.
There will also be a page on the site dedicated to “The Boys of Del Valle Park,” including the poem, a video about it, and the photos and personal history of the young people of early Lakewood who gave their lives during the Vietnam War.
To see a sample of a veteran's history page, or if you would like to tell the story of a Lakewood-connected veteran or active-duty service member close to you, visit the information page at www.lakewoodcity.org/lakewoodveterans.
You can also click here to download a flyer and worksheet for details on the information you need to prepare and guidelines for selecting and scanning a photo of your veteran. To submit online, all photos must be in .jpg format.
If you don't have Internet access, or need assistance, help is available. You can schedule an appointment to bring your information and photo to the Weingart Senior Center on pre-arranged dates and times. A volunteer will complete the online form for you and scan and upload the photo.
To find out about appointment dates and times or with other questions about the Veterans History Project, please call Joanne Teran in Lakewood’s Community Relations Office at 562-866-9771, extension 3123 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.